Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day 8 of the Smoothie Experiment

Yesterday, I was thinking it's not easy being green. Day 7 of my smoothie book research experiment found me totally dissatisfied with the usual foods I might grab for a snack, and I didn't have the things I was craving. Usually, my snacks are relatively healthy. Not the greatest, but not your average junk food, either. Plantain chips are a favorite, for instance. Or tortilla chips and salsa, maybe a piece of good quality chocolate or some granola cereal. (Oh, cereal! My downfall.) But this time around, none of that sounded good.

Today, I went to the store and stocked up on some almonds and some sprouted chips I found, things that normally wouldn't get my attention. Sure, they're good for you. Fine. But I didn't crave them. Today, I think almonds are one dandy, delicious snack.

To say I'm shocked at my reaction to all these smoothies (about 2 to 2 1/2 quarts a day) is an understatement. My health is improving noticeably by the day, and I actually know what the word "vitality" means. I'm starting to rethink how I want to do the smoothie book in light of my discoveries. The research is opening lots of doors, lots of thoughts, and taking me places I thought were interesting before but not for me. Like raw food. Right now, my diet is easily 75% raw, although I'm not forcing any changes in my diet - just what comes naturally. Would I want a totally raw-food lifestyle? I don't really want to think that way right now. But adding much more to my diet is definitely gaining appeal - and fast.

Experimenting for the sake of a book just puts that much more excitement into the process for me. I'm thoroughly enjoying coming up with the recipes, and learning about the importance of raw fruits and vegetables has been a real eye opener. For instance, take 73-year-old Mimi Kirk. She's a raw food enthusiast. And a couple of years ago, she was named PETA's "Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50." Now, I've read some inspiring things over the last week, watched some amazing documentaries and devoured numerous books and web content, but nothing so far has inspired me like this woman. I'd be happy to look half this good!

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